As 2017 draws to a close, take a look back at the five most read Education Votes articles of the year.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that Missouri violated the constitutional rights of a church when it denied the church’s grant application for a new playground surface. But the court’s narrow ruling represents a setback for voucher proponents, who had sought to use the dispute to undermine state constitutional protections for public education and fuel the expansion of private school vouchers on a national scale, even for religious schools.
Here are five reasons why these taxpayer-funded, independently managed schools are bad news for kids.
3. A native Hawaiian teacher shatters a stereotype in her classroom while becoming an activist in her community
And because Kai loves a challenge, she became a math teacher. “History is my favorite subject, but I wanted to take on the stereotype that Native Hawaiian students can’t learn math. Their math scores are always the lowest in the system and their absentee rates from math classes are the highest.”
2. Despite what DeVos wants you to believe, research shows public schools outperform private schools
As the nation’s new education secretary, Betsy DeVos, promotes the flawed idea that taxpayer dollars should be spent to pay for private school tuition, research proves she, along with many others, is dead wrong to assume that public school students would be better off in private schools.
On Monday, DeVos visited North Carolina’s Fort Bragg Army Base, where our troops’ families are losing education programs because of President Trump’s federal hiring freeze. DeVos thinks private school vouchers should be made available to military families. She’s spreading a similar privatization message today in Florida.
Boote can see the DeVos family’s summer home from her own back patio. She knows people who grew up with Betsy DeVos, and they were both raised in different branches of the same church. Although the two women are both Republicans, their values and beliefs around education are sharply divided.